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AOC on Defense Budget Cuts

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23.09.2021

A spirited debate on defense spending broke out on the floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon, as members of Congress closed in on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.

Both House and Senate committees have passed amendments adding $24 billion to Joe Biden’s $715 billion proposal in recent months, rebuking both the White House and congressional progressives.

Now, as Congress debates amendments to the NDAA today, in anticipation of tomorrow’s vote on the full package, progressives are making a last-ditch effort to reverse the topline boost — and, going even further, to cut defense-spending levels. Representative Mark Pocan, one of the top congressional proponents of slashing defense spending, offered an amendment to cut the defense budget 10 percent.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke on Pocan’s behalf, going toe-to-toe with House Republicans in a series of short exchanges. Here’s the gist of her........

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